The Children's Museum of Tacoma is a cornerstone of early education in the South Puget Sound region. The Museum's fun, inviting staff work diligently to provide responsive, progressive, and inclusive programs that allow children to test their independence and gain self-confidence through the arts, sciences, and creative play and present adults and parents with the tools to understand and support the young children in their lives.
Children's Museum of Tacoma is currently Hiring
- Substitute Teacher for Preschool Powered by Play and The Muse: A Children's Center
- Play to Learn Facilitator
More information about this opportunity is below. Please note application instructions, requirements and deadlines when applying.
Substitute teachers at The Muse: A Children's Center
Substitute teachers support educators of the Children’s Museum of Tacoma in the care and education of children both in the context of enrichment preschool classes and The Muse, a licensed childcare center. Their interactions are kindhearted, fair, and at times firm. They collaborate with Muse and Children’s Museum colleagues to establish supportive working relationships. They are adept at listening to children, families, and colleagues with consideration and empathy. Substitute teachers are flexible thinkers and creative problem solvers. They show respect for diverse parenting styles and cultural differences. They care for children in a nurturing and supportive manner. They trust and are trustworthy. Substitute teachers believe in the capability and competency of children. They are themselves capable and competent.
Substitute teachers are employees of the museum who work on an as-needed or limited-term basis for museum educators when an employee is absent. Substitute teachers who qualify and are hired will be included in a pool of individuals who will be called to fill vacant educator positions on an intermittent basis. Notification for the need for a substitute will occur as far in advance as possible but may occur by 6 a.m. on the day the substitute is needed.
Status: Hourly, part-time employment that is available only on an intermittent basis, does not accrue paid time off or medical benefits
Rate of pay: $12-13 per hour based on experience, overtime eligible
Supervised by: The Muse Director, Lisa Hoover & Learning Experiences Director, Alyssa Tongue
Hours & Days: Monday – Friday between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Hours will vary based on assignment. At minimum days will be 5 hours, maximum days will be 8 hours.
- Familiar with children’s developmental stages 12 months – 5 years of age
- Assist with emergent curriculum and project-based learning approaches to early learning
- Assist with creation of indoor and outdoor open-ended learning experiences
- Assist with documentation of children’s learning experiences by way of text, photographs, and video
- Assist in writing and implementing lesson plans and a daily schedule inclusive of children with special needs
- Assist with organization of indoor and outdoor spaces to maintain a beautiful and clean environment
- Help promote children’s language and literacy development
- Support children’s independence and self-help skills
- Support children’s ability to take physical, social, and emotional risks.
- Support implementation of guidance methods that respect each child’s individuality
- Assist with implementation of observation and assessment tools
- Comply with DEL licensing regulations particularly; child/teacher ratios; child supervision; health, safety, and emergency procedures; diapering and toilet training practices; and nap time, meal and snack practices
- Follow best teaching practices as stated by DEL, NAEYC, and NAREA
- Comply with required MERIT trainings to maintain good standing
- Help maintain accurate record-keeping systems
- Help complete record-keeping and other tasks in a timely manner
- Ability to assume Lead Teacher job duties if asked when LT is unavailable
- Other responsibilities requested by Director such as the care and maintenance of center
- 30 quarter hours or 20 semester hours of college coursework in Early Child Education, OR
- Minimum of 6 months experience working in an early childhood program, special education, or similar
- Completed Department of Early Learning MERIT portable criminal background check
- Written proof of TB testing
- Effective verbal and written English skills
- Strong ability to work independently and as a team member
- Ability to work with persons of diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Very good interpersonal communication skills
- Very good customer service with families and community members
- Required to work indoors and outdoors in varying weather
- Able to take walking field trips
- Able to lift up to 50 pounds
- Able to physically interact with children at their level
- AA in ECE, Special Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Human Development, Teaching through the Arts, or other related ECE field, or CDA
- Experience working with children experiencing special needs
- Bi-lingual Spanish candidates
- Knowledge of Pierce County community resources for families and children
Conditions of Employment:
- Completion of HIV/AIDS training upon employment
- Completion of Blood Borne Pathogens training within 3 months of hire
- Valid Food Handlers Permit upon employment
- Valid First Aid and CPR Card upon employment
- Valid Washington State Driver’s license
How To Apply:
To apply please send your resume, cover letter, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts if applicable to Liz Rasmussen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your cover letter please include the following:
- Experience working in a childcare setting
- Reason for wanting to work at for the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s Muse and Preschool programs
- Describe how you work with colleagues, young children and their families
Play to Learn Pierce County Facilitator
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma is seeking a part-time, seasonal early learning specialist to join our team of Play to Learn facilitators. Play to Learn follows a seasonal academic calendar; however, there may be opportunities for extended year round employment within other Museum programs.
Play to Learn is a grant funded program that provides a free, high quality, play based school-readiness program for children and their adult caregivers. The program supports children and families by offering age appropriate activities for children and information, resources and support to help adults foster their child’s development and learning through play. This 90-minute adult/child drop-in program occurs weekly September through May in neighborhood settings such as libraries and community centers across Pierce County.
The Children’s Museum of Tacoma Play to Learn facilitator is responsible for delivering exceptional educational experiences for children birth to age six and their caregivers. Play to Learn focuses on the developmental skills children acquire when given the opportunity to engage in playful, self-directed learning, as well as on the benefits of having these experiences alongside peers and trusted adults. A key component of this position is connecting with parents and caregivers, helping them to understand the importance of play as the most natural, effective way that children learn and offering support, encouragement and tools that will foster the strong connection between play and school readiness.
Status: Part Time/Seasonal (September – May), 16 – 24 hours per week
Rate of Pay: $13-15/hour based on experience
Hours: Monday - Friday, shift occurring between 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Supervisor: Learning Experiences Director, Program Manager, and Program Coordinator
- Assisting the Learning Experiences Director, Program Manager, and Program Coordinator with the development and implementation of the Play to Learn program.
- Planning for and guiding intentional child learning for each session of Play to Learn including:
- Leading developmentally and culturally appropriate, child-directed play opportunities.
- Planning and facilitating art, science, and circle time activities for children and adults that support child development and growth in all domains.
- Planning for and guiding intentional caregiver learning for each session of Play to Learn including:
- Modeling playful experiences and interactions that honor each child or group of children.
- Preparing materials and information on relevant educational topics and community resources serving children and families.
- Responding to and following up on caregiver questions and requests for assistance and/or information.
- Completing administrative and record-keeping tasks related to Play to Learn.
- Participating in reflection and planning meetings with the entire Play to Learn team.
- Working in collaboration with co-facilitator and volunteers.
- Implementing existing program assessment tools.
- Distributing marketing materials throughout the community and gathering resource materials as needed.
- Assisting with the transportation, set-up, and break down of supplies at each Play to Learn location.
- CDA, Associates or BA in Early Childhood Education, Special Education or related field.
- Prior experience working with adults and children birth to age six.
- Demonstrated knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.
- Able to work independently and in collaboration with a co-teacher and the entire Play to Learn team.
- Outstanding written and interpersonal communication skills.
- Able to repeatedly lift up to 25 pounds.
- Must be able to pass a background check upon employment.
- Valid Washington state driver’s license.
- Must meet the Play to Learn driving requirements including proof of insurance and access to transportation to/from program sites.
- Special preference to bi-lingual Spanish or Korean candidates.
- BA in Special Education with experience in working in both Early Childhood and Special Education.
- Enthusiasm for and prior experience facilitating play-based learning for children with special needs and their adult caregivers.
- Additional training and experience in working with children who experience Autism, medically fragile and other disabilities is highly preferred.
- Knowledge of Pierce County community resources for families and children.
Submit a cover letter and resume to Liz Rasmussen at email@example.com
In the cover letter please address the following:
- Your experience working in the early education field.
- Your approach to working with young children and children with special needs.
- Your experience facilitating groups of children and their adults in playful learning.
- Your experience educating and supporting adults in learning about their child’s development and educational needs.
For more information on the Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Play to Learn, visit the Museum’s website at www.PlayTacoma.org
Honor children. Champion play.